5 Simple outfits to wear on a Conference Call

When it comes to working remotely from home, it is easy to throw on items that you feel cozy in – like a sweatsuit, T-shirt or even pajamas. But when a conference call comes in, you want to make sure you look the part of an engaged worker with your eye on the ball. So here are 5 simple and sharp outfits you can wear for your next conference call, or to have ready when an unexpected one comes in.

  1. Simple solids

Stay clean with solid color pieces that looks chic, business ready and comfortable. Opt for a top with subtle details around the neck or neckline such as a ribbon tie or lace. Not only do they look smart, feminine, and are easy to match with, they will look proper in the event of connectivity issues, poor picture quality, or on small windows on your screen.

2. Simple Print

The simpler the better also applies to prints. To look your best in case of poor-quality conference calls, avoid complex prints like geometrics or florals, or multi-toned ones – this could get lost in the picture and be distracting on the screen. A simple 2-toned print like polka dots or stripes can still look sharp for work and effortlessly transition to comfortable casual wear.

3. Cozy Knitwear

If you want to keep it comfortable then layer up with a turtleneck as a base for comfort that keeps its professional edge; or thrown a simple cardigan over a basic top. An easy, effortless way to put on a business look and stay comfortable all-day long at home.

4. Sharp Neckline

Your face and upper body will be the focal point your peers or clients will see, so wear a V-neckline to frame your face and make your neck look long and slender. Not to mention, V-necklines look clean, professional and in control – great for conveying you mean business.

5. Pastel Colors

Keep it light and add a little color to brighten up your screen with some pastels. Workwear doesn’t have to be only black and white, pastel colors can also look sharp and professional, and can lift up your mood and others. Choose a pastel jacket for a soft yet clean look or a mix and match with a smart pastel top.

Staying a little more dressed up for conference calls and while working from home can help you stay more confident, motivated and sharp for work at hand, and create strong interpersonal impressions with your peers and clients even through video calls.

For functional options you can wear on a conference call at home, take a look at our range of stretchy suit setups that move with your body – so you can work, stretch and run errands around the house without a wrinkle (of worry). Or have a look at 16 colorful looks you can wear for you next video conference or virtual function, styled by our store concierge, Aki.

How to optimize your wardrobe to keep it de-cluttered

In our last post, we explored the Japanese concept of ‘danshari’ and how to clean out your closet in time for Spring. Choosing to simplify your closet is one thing, but keeping it that way can be easier said than done. It is surprisingly easy to fall back into the rabbit hole of impulse buying, rather than buying for what we actually need. So to remember that we are shopping to save time, money and space and clarity in the long run, we need to be shopping for value.

1. Choose items to meet your lifestyle

Take a little time to think about and assess your lifestyle. Are you pressed for time? Do you move or travel a lot? Do you get frustrated with comfort? Choose core values that highlight your needs in clothing, and keep them down on a memo or notepad on your phone or next to your computer screen, to remind you and stop you from making a purchase that will add to the clutter.

2. Versatility

Opt for simplicity in design and have go-to’s. Keeping a minimalistic color or design palette can not only look chic and contemporary, it is incredibly versatile too. Dedicate a go-to outfit for at least 4 occasions with the same simple dress as the center-piece. Spend a little time trying on the looks beforehand and setting them aside near the closet door. When you are stuck in the morning, so you can at least have your staple outfit ready at hand to throw on in seconds.

Simple colors and elegant designs for versatility in outfits

3. Quality

Choose quality and comfort that will last. While it is easy to buy cheaper items, they are cheaper for reason. Treat your clothing like you would treat your phone. You wouldn’t want to spend your time and money buying a new, more inexpensive phone every single year, when you can buy the best smartphone on the market and have it last you for several years. When you spend that extra money, you know it will last you, so you don’t need to buy a new one so soon. Same with clothing – cheaper quality clothing that can not endure your day-to-day use or can deteriorate even from the washing and drying process. These items become easy to throw away or forget about, and accumulate to the clutter in your closet and eventually ending up in landfills. Choose quality items for the long run to save you time and money, and let you focus on what is important – you.

To add additional value to your wardrobe staples, you can also opt for specially tailored pieces that are especially made and designed to fit you.

Having the option to choose your favorite color, print, length and style, with a premium quality that will last makes the item more personable and valuable.

So keep these in mind the next time you go shopping or online shopping, and optimize your wardrobe and routine.

All our items are designed to be versatile, machine-washable, easy to maintain and resilient for a wardrobe that will provide you the high value you need and save you time and money. We offer free global delivery so you can have piece of mind from the tap of your fingertips to the front of your door step.

Declutter your wardrobe in time for Spring

Have you felt depressed in the morning, looking into your closet and trying to figure out how to make out your wardrobe, or what to wear? You are not alone. Around one in ten women in America feel the same way, and a quarter will admit that their closet spaces are completely disorganized.

Many of us have to face a long commute, or a full day ahead of work, so why do we add more stress before even stepping out of the front door? It is time for a change, so in the spirit of Spring or ‘spring cleaning’, we will explore how we can cut down on time for our wardrobes in a 2-post series.

Today, we will look at the Japanese method of cleaning and how we can declutter our wardrobes for a fresh start this season.

You are probably familiar with the term Konmari, from organizing guru Marie Kondo, a popular household name in recent years, where you sort and discard your items based on whether they ‘spark joy’. This idea though comes from a popular concept in Japan related to cleaning, called Danshari (断捨離). In Japanese Kanji, it stands for ‘refuse’, ‘discard’, ‘separate’, but in essence it means to clean and tidy up or purge, of physical and mental excess. And while the term is catching waves in recent years, even danshari is not an new concept and has roots in Zen Buddhism, which teaches to live with more simplistic, meaningful lifestyles. With that in mind, you can apply the danshari to add clarity to your mind and closet space.

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1) You need to take everything out of your closet. Set out your clothes into piles – for example pieces that fit your lifestyle and goals, pieces you don’t fit anymore, pieces you can sell, repurpose or give away. Go through the piles again and apply the konmari method to each of them – does it spark joy? If not, give your appreciation, say goodbye then move on.  

2) Once you have separated what you will not keep and will keep, then it is time to put things back into the closet. Organize your space so your items you wear most often is in easy reach, and most of your items are visible. If you can not see it, then it will be easier to forget and left unworn. Keep seasonal items out of the way in suitcases for convenience or compression bags to save space.

3) Use storage organizational items like hooks, hangers and drawer separators to keep things neat, and organize your closet to colors, styles or categories. Make your closet look warm and welcoming like you are walking into your own little boutique made just for you, so instead of feeling dread when you open your closet, you feel inspired.

Spend one day to give your closet a makeover and give yourself a fresh, positive new lease on Spring. Stay tuned for part 2 next week, how to prevent clutter in your closet through the future choices you make.

How to wear print dresses and what do they convey?

If the little black dress is the staple item for the woman’s wardrobe, tell it to move aside because this year it is time to be bold and empowered with print. You may find it daunting to take the first step into print territory with so many styles and options available on the market. But today we will look at outfit ideas with the most common print patterns you will come across, so you can easily pull together a look for your next work look or day off.

Stripes

Stripes are a chic and simple way to modernize your style. Stripes let people know you are not too flashy or fussy, and that you like keeping it simple and natural. Choose diagonal stripes for a dynamic style which naturally draws your eyes towards it, or vertical stripes to elongate your figure and make you look taller. Don’t think horizontal stripes make you look wider – with the right placement, they are great for accentuating your figure for a full-bodied look. Great on its own or with a simple plain outer, to bring out the print

Florals  

Add color to your wardrobe and express your feminine side with floral prints. Depending on your preference of print style, florals can convey a different side of you! Large floral prints show you are womanly, bold and are not afraid of a little attention! Where as a small floral print can let others see your gentler or more delicate side. With a variety of designs and colors available, the options are endless. If you want to really stand out in the crowd, add a matching colored cardigan to push the color scheme. Or if you want to soften the look, pair with a neutral colored jacket like black.

Geometric prints

Do you want a contemporary look that you can wear to work or on a night out? Then wear a geometric print dress for a pop of contrast that will make you look sharp and draw attention. Tell the world that you are you are chic and modern but you also know how to balance work and play. Set the tone with a sharp contrasting blazer, or you can soften the mood with a simple and neutral-colored top.

Dot print

If you like vintage styles or want to add some whimsy to your look, then the dot print is the one for you. Let others know you can be sweet but fun with dot print. Made iconic by Minnie Mouse, it is another print design that is eye-catching and will bring a dimension of playfulness to your standard plain dress. Versatile and easy to wear to the office or on your day off; you can not go wrong with this print. Wear a comfy jumper or cardigan on top to sweeten your style or play it chic with a blazer or edgy jacket.

2020 is a year of new beginnings and challenges, so start the decade with a clean slate and fresh ideas. Whether you are unsure of your next style, you can always turn to print for inspiration.

Take a look through our extensive range of dresses and be inspired.

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Towards a “Zero waste” future

Taking a step towards a sustainable and ethical future is one that many businesses, especially in the fashion industry face a challenge in. As textile and clothing production remains one of the world’s biggest polluters, more brands are taking responsibility for their impact on the environment and the footprint they leave. For us at kay me, we had been utilizing sustainable, ethical practices for a long time and will share an insider’s look on how we reduce clothing waste before production.

Last month, we were picked up by Fuji TV’s Live News it! in Japan, in a segment focusing on how we are working towards “zero waste” in the Japanese fashion industry.

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Here are some behind-the-scene pictures of the interview with Junko Kemi, the founder and lead designer of kay me, and Fuji TV presenter Saori Ishimoto.

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In this segment, we were able to explain our mission on reducing clothing waste at kay me, through the use of digital applications. Here’s how:

Before production begins, we survey 1000 members on smartphones of 90-100 images of kay me sample clothing. Then, the participants swipe through the images and decide whether they would buy the item or would they not. Participants take about 3 to 5 minutes to go through the images.

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Once the results are collected, the production volume of pieces is adjusted according to the popularity of the item. Designs which do not gather as much responses are kept out of production. In this way, we maintain a consistent cycle of relevant and interesting designs we know our fans will love and take unsold or leftover clothing from the equation completely.

Clothing waste has taken a more serious tone all over the world and in Japan. It is estimated that 1.5 billion items of clothing go unsold every year, leaving a large percentage being sent to landfills or incinerated, and the effects on climate change has not gone unnoticed. Through this initiative towards “zero-waste fashion” and we are proud to be taking the industry further towards a more sustainable, socially conscious future, and driving people to make responsible purchase decisions and we hope you were inspired today.

kay me is high-quality, handmade, sustainable and ethical clothing made in Japan. Take a look through our brand and gorgeous pieces and discover more inspiration.

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kay me’s best of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, and with 2020 just around the corner, we’re taking the time to look back at the past year here on the kay me blog…

We’ve chosen a small selection of our favorite posts from the past year and hope that you’ll find something new that excites and inspires.

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A kay me rainbow – Pick your favorite color (or more than just one!) and become part of our fantastic kay me rainbow of dresses!

Discover the beauty of ryukyu binagta – Take an in-depth look at our gorgeous prints inspired by Japan’s southernmost islands, and see how these traditional designs are painstakingly made by hand.

Celebrating the colors of Japan – spring and summer – We take a peek at the beautiful colors of nature that surround us here in Japan, with plenty of floral inspiration every day.

Three ways to wear sakura-inspired pink – What could be prettier than soft pink cherry blossom? The symbol of spring, kay me stylists create versatile looks inspired by these delicate and fleeting blooms.

New generation bags – With our second generation two-way business bag and original 29 pocket wallet bag both launched this year, make sure to get the inside scoop on our beautiful new bags.

Dark colors for summer – One of our post popular posts this year, we showcase our summer-ready dresses in navy and black colors for those who prefer their warm weather palette on the dark side.

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Don’t forget that we offer year-round free global shipping as standard, so take your chance to discover your new favorite kay me items!

Around and about in Tokyo: Shinjuku

Rounding off our Tokyo trip, today on the kay me blog, we’re off to Shinjuku to visit our beautiful Club lounge and store, and discover the vibrancy of Tokyo life.

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Stop by our Club lounge for exclusive kay me events (check our Japanese Facebook page and staff blogs for more information) and as a place to unwind in the heart of one of busiest areas of Tokyo. Customers at our Shinjuku 3-chome store can also take advantage of our custom dress ordering service, also now available online for those outside Japan.

Famed for it’s nightlife, Shinjuku has bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, with homemade style Coffee Lounge Lemon and French import Mariage Freres situated directly opposite our 3-chome store. Stop in for sandwich platters at the former, and afternoon tea at the latter.

For a change of pace that may seem at odds with the rest of Shinjuku, head over to the charming Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, an extensive park with plenty of benches perfect for admiring the view, as well as a large greenhouse and Japanese style tea room. Nearby Shinjuku station is known as the world’s busiest train station, so be sure to take this chance to relax in serene nature.

What to wear in Shinjuku: bright colours

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(Amaranth cross, Pink grapefruit asymmetry, Aurora wrap, Royal blue shell)

Take a cue from the neon surrounding you, and opt for bright and bold colours in this frenetic part of the city. Soft, stretchy and comfortable, our dresses, jackets and skirts will ensure that you can keep on enjoying Shinjuku all day and night without worrying about uncomfortable clothing.

Hina Matsuri in Japan

Every March 3rd in Japan, hina matsuri (also known as girl’s day or doll’s day) is celebrated in Japan.

Visitors and those living here in Japan will be familiar with special displays of traditional Japanese dolls representing the Emperor, Empress and court of the Heian period, placed on tiered platforms.

Each doll represents a different member of the imperial court from musicians to ladies-in-waiting, with the highest tier being occupied by the Emperor and Empress dolls and the lowest tiers of the display usually reserved for representations of items from within the imperial palace.

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The practice of celebrating hina matsuri dates back to the original custom of hina nagashi (doll floating), where straw dolls are sent floating downstream to take negative spirits away with them out to sea.

Complete sets of hina matsuri dolls can be incredibly costly, and are often passed down through the generations.

Here at kay me, we love to celebrate traditional Japanese festivals, especially hina matsuri. Our philosophy of placing women at the centre of our business and designs ties in perfectly with the beautiful annual celebration of hina matsuri.

kay me in the media – Japan

As well as a whole host of international media, kay me has also been featured in plenty of domestic Japanese papers and magazines too.

Keep reading for a small taste of kay me’s Japanese media presence…

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Nikkei Newspaper

With its professional analysis and deep insight, NIKKEI newspaper is renowned not only in Japan but globally as well.

Encompassing a variety of media and welcoming Financial Times to its group in July 2015, as a leading economic newspaper it has been constantly evolving since it was founded in 1867.

kay me was featured in the newspaper on 29th August 2015 as part of a special issue on business women’s wardrobe, and broadcasted on World Business Satellite in 2016, focusing on our global business expansion.

Women’s New Business Competition

The “Women’s New Business Competition” was launched by Development Bank of Japan Inc., (DBJ) in 2011.

With the core aim of “fostering new business by women as growing business that can make a positive change to society and economy,” DBJ has supported award winners by giving out subsidy for business to realise their business plan.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi proudly received “Award for the Best Female Entrepreneur” on 21st June 2016 – visitors to kay me HQ can see this award among others on display in the main office.

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WWD Japan

WWD JAPAN, published by INFAS Publications Inc., is the Japanese version of US Fairchild’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), a globally-recognised fashion magazine. It is the only fashion weekly magazine in Japan, and shares all the latest information on fashion business and trendy news every week.

kay me was featured on 27th July 2015, including our brand information and introduction to our future business plans.

Seihoku no Kaze

Once a year, Waseda University gives out its PR brochure, “Seihoku no Kaze” (Northwest Wind – named after the location in northwest Tokyo where the university was originally founded) to its graduates.

As well as sharing the news of the year, the brochure also introduces Waseda almuni who are now taking active roles in various fields.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi graduated from Waseda University in 2000, founded maojian works Inc., a consulting firm in 2007, and then launched her own fashion brand kay me in 2011.

Junko is on the special list of Waseda graduates in Seihoku no Kaze, published on 1st September 2015.

Coordinating Knitwear Outfits, from the kay me team

Our super stylists at kay me HQ in Ginza have been hard at work putting together lots of great outfit inspiration with our knitwear collection. As with all kay me items, everything is machine washable, non-iron and wonderfully soft and stretchy. You won’t find any scratchy sweaters here – just simple classic knit dresses that can be dressed up or down your way. We’ve provided some inspiration here, and of course we’d love to see your outfits too – tag #kayme on Instagram to share your style.

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(Milan Rib white, faux-leather and knit biker jacket, Milan Rib pink)

Imagining a date night, our stylists chose our white Milan Rib knit dress paired with our black faux-leather riders jacket for a cool look that will definitely keep you warm on a winter evening. We also suggest adding your favourite pair of ankle boots and a faux-fur scarf for a touch of rock and roll. If you’re off to a glamorous destination, our Milan Rib knit dress in pretty pink is a great match with frosty glittery accessories, perfect for gazing at the Christmas illuminations.

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(Blue Mucha wrap dress, off-white cache-coeur knit top, Milan Rib black)

Heading to a post-work party? Our stylists suggest wearing our Blue Mucha wrap dress with our off-white cache-coeur knit top for extra warmth, and you can certainly never go wrong with a pair of killer heels and a matching clutch. Our Milan Rib knit dress in black is sombre enough for the office, and the addition of a vivid scarf creates visual interest and takes this outfit to the next level – a simple and effective way of making the most of each dress.

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(Milan Rib black, Milan Rib grey)

Our black Milan Rib knit dress gets a make-over! Paired with bold yellow accessories, this eye-catching outfit is perfect for trips to the theatre, visits to art galleries and in warmer weather a stroll through stately gardens. Not to be left out, our stylists have paired our grey Milan Rib knit dress with navy blue shoes and scarf, creating a more subdued but elegant colour palette.

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(Navy turtleneck, Milan Rib white, knit bolero black)

If you’re jetting off for the weekend and wish to stay stylish on a flight, look no further than our soft and cosy navy blue turtleneck knit dress – fully machine washable, crease-proof and stretchy, simply add low-heeled ankle boots and a statement (non-metallic!) necklace to complete the look. For those hoping to add some on-trend knitwear to their office wardrobe, kay me stylists have selected our Milan Rib knit dress in white paired with our black knit bolero. A patterned silk scarf adds a hint of colour, while keeping you warm and comfortable.

Keep in touch with kay me on social media (InstagramFacebookTwitter) for more tips from the kay me team.